More Capable Lawman: Joe Arpaio or This 100-Year-Old Posse Member?

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Joe Arpaio via Twitter
The gentleman standing next to Sheriff Joe Arpaio is 100 years old.


Above is a photo of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a 100-year-old member of Arpaio's volunteer "posse."

According to a community newspaper, the man, Neal Coffman, "still performs radar duty, checking on vehicles, and reporting speeders to the Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies, who have the authority to issue tickets and warnings. He also chairs the board that selects and evaluates candidates for duty officer -- a role in which a Posse member acts as the supervisor for a particular shift."

We can't remember any instances of Arpaio, 81, doing any actual law enforcement -- just media stunts.

He did, however, trip, fall, and break his arm while attempting to walk to lunch one time.

Based on what you know about the two, who do you think is the more capable lawman?

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Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Sgt Brandon must have a little Alzheimer's going on since Arpaio wasn't the one who created these agencies (Posse) more than 30 years ago. He wasn't in office 30 years ago and know one even knew who Bozo Joe Arpaio even was here in Arizona.

30 years ago the MCSO didn't have the malfeasance it does now since Arpaio took over.

>> Despite the general decline in membership in recent years, the Sun City West unit remains the largest of the 50 posses throughout Maricopa County, according to Sgt. Brandon Jones of the MCSO’s media relations office. These agencies were started by Sheriff Joe Arpaio more than three decades ago to perform certain duties, such as traffic enforcement, accident and crime scene support and jail transportation, without costing taxpayers.

richybarra64
richybarra64

If I had my druthers I'd rather go with Neal Coffman ........He looks much more alive than the convicted Racist

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

born in 1913? what New Times ought to do is an interview with this guy. whether or not you are a fan of MCSO or the posse.............his story has got to be fascinating. if you do do an interview or story on him though, do it with the respect a 100 year old man should be afforded

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

The stars on his sleeve indicate he started his service with the Posse over thirty years ago...when he was 70.

Amazing, actually.

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

I vote for both of them. I bet that Matthew Hendley won't look as good as he will when he is 100 - if in fact he lives to be 100.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

as much as i want to make fun of Arpaio and the posse.............this guy is 100 years old and still going out every day to do a job? thats actually pretty impressive. sure i can find many problems with this exact case or situation, but it doesnt change the fact that the guy is 100 and still going out and accomplishing more daily than a lot of other people. i have to say this Neal Coffman has my respect way more than Arpaio or even a lot of other people half his age. I am not a fan of the posse, but this guy has my respect.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Cozz  I suspect that it was the reporter, and not Sgt Brandon, who was confused.

The citation doesn't cover the mention of Joe, and is not a direct quote.  No doubt Brandon or somebody else mentioned that the posses were started by "the Sheriff" 30 years ago, and the reporter (Jeff Grant) didn't stop to think that there must have been a different Sheriff at that time.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy  Considering that the name of the image file is "old-sacks-of-dirt.jpg", I don't think the New Times is the right outlet to do that interview.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@yourproductsucks So he was with the posse before a clown took over MCSO, and MCSO itself became a low grade unprofessional LEO.  Back when MCSO was respected, in other words.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  i have an uncle who is turning 100 this month. he has a mind sharp as a tack but physically cant go out to do stuff everyday like this guy can, so yes it is amazing 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  

Yes.  If you click the "community newspaper" link in the article text, you can read the original story.  The main article was actually about the posse's second man to server more than 30 years.  This guy was the first.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  When asked which one is more capable, answering "both" is the same as saying "I don't understand the question".

wherewasi
wherewasi

@JoeArpaioFan   We all know you think Joe is hot, Jaffy.  Now go back under his desk and do that thing you love to do and stop bothering us.

jeanjb
jeanjb

@danzigsdaddy I would believe this guy is a lot more mellow than joe,and therefore would be a better sheriff.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jeanjb @danzigsdaddy Probably less likely to get laid up for months after tripping over a crack in the sidewalk too...

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